A teacher in the Clymer Central School District in Chautauqua County was arrested at his home and charged Friday with alleged possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Scott Aikens, 60, of Clymer, faces a mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison, if convicted, prosecutors said.
According to Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy V. Murray, in June U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in Buffalo received information that a user – identified as EJD – was allegedly active on a Thai-based child pornography website. Investigators traced the email address utilized by EJD allegedly to Aikens, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
On Friday, a search warrant was executed at Aiken's residence, and authorities recovered electronic devices, including a laptop and two desktop computers. At the time, federal special agents observed Aikens sitting in front of his computer, allegedly with multiple images on the screen of prepubescent boys.
Aikens teaches 7th through 12th grade. He appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, and was held pending a detention hearing Tuesday.